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Tyrone easily skip over Cavan hurdle to safely book Super 8s passage

All-Ireland Senior Football Qualifiers Round Four

Tyrone 1-20 Cavan 0-7

From Odhrán Crumley in Clones

Tyrone have cruised into the Super 8s for a second successive year after obliterating a weary Cavan side in the Clones sun.

The Red Hands will join Dublin, Roscommon and Cork in a group with their first fixture scheduled for Dr Hyde Park next Saturday against Connacht Champions, Roscommon.

Padraig Hampsey and Richie Donnelly returned to the fray with a slice of the action but there was no place on the 26 for Tiernan McCann who was eligible for the first time after suspension.

The opening exchanges of the game were tight, tough and at times erratic as Niall Murray opened the scoring from a free.

Brian Kennedy popped up with his first ever championship point to restore parity after five minutes of action.

Niall Morgan would land two long range frees either side of points from Gearoid McKiernan and Niall Sludden.

Cavan would not score for another fifteen minutes and in that time the Red Hand machine took full control.

Cathal McShane and Colm Cavanagh were on target before Darren McCurry laded three scores on the bounce to put some daylight between the teams.

Conor Madden would stop the rot momentarily for his team before McShane and Harte sent over frees to give their team a nine point advantage at the break.

Gerard Smith landed the first score of the second half in the hope of issuing a rally cry to his comrades.

A free from Peter Harte and a fine effort from Sludden made it a ten point deficit and a long road back for Cavan.

Mickey Graham’s men would then be dealt the blow of losing their six, Killian Clarke to a black card as Harte tapped over the resulting free.

At this juncture, the decision would have no bearing on the result as last year’s All-Ireland champions continued to look levels above.

One of the players of the summer, Cathal McShane knocking over two more scores to further cement what was already known.

Ben McDonnell put the icing firmly on the cake for the Red Hands as he clung onto a long ball which found him with an empty net to duly fire home.

Peter Harte picked up his third black card of the season in the dying embers of the game meaning he will be suspended for the Roscommon game unless the Red Hands launch an appeal.

It’s another year in the Super 8s for Tyrone while Cavan will be left to mull over their 2019 over the course of the next few months.

Tyrone: Niall Morgan (0-2 2f); Hugh Pat McGeary, Ronan McNamee, Rory Brennan; Michael Cassidy, Kieran McGeary, Frank Burns; Colm Cavanagh (0-1), Brian Kennedy (0-1); Matthew Donnelly, Niall Sludden (0-2), Peter Harte (0-5 5f); Darren McCurry (0-3), Cathal McShane (0-5 3f), Conor Meyler.

Subs: Kyle Coney for D McCurry (46), Padraig Hampsey for HP McGeary (49), Michael McKernan for M Cassidy (50), Ben McDonnell (1-0) for K McGeary (55), Conall McCann (0-1) for N Sludden (60) Richie Donnelly for C McShane (62)

Cavan: Raymond Galligan; Jason McLoughlin, Padraig Faulkner, Conor Moynagh; Conor Rehill, Killian Clarke, Ciarán Brady; Conor Brady, Gearóid McKiernan (0-2 2f); Niall Murray (0-2 2f), Dara McVeety (0-1), Gerard Smith (0-1); Barry Fortune, Cian Mackey, Martin Reilly.

Subs: Conor Madden (0-3) for C Rehill (22), Oisin Kiernan for J McLoughlin (32), Caoimhin O’Reilly for C Brady (HT), Stephen Murray for M Reilly (HT), Thomas Galligan for K Clarke (48), Killian Brady for P Faulkner (55)

Referee: Barry Cassidy (Derry)

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